When the Cleveland Browns started up again as an expansion team in 1999, their first major move was to draft Tim Couch over Donovan McNabb.
It’s been all downhill ever since for the Browns.
Couch was the first of 26 quarterbacks they’ve had since returning, while having just two winning seasons and one playoff appearance. They’ve gone 24 years without a division title.
The Browns have had more problems than just their inability to find another Otto Graham or Bernie Kosar or even Brian Sipe. They’ve been an organization in constant turmoil featuring a revolving door of coaches and front-office executives.
Three of their last four coaches lasted just two years. The fourth lasted just one year.
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I think we can now close the nominations for the NFL’s annual Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
J.J. Watt is likely to be a lock for the award – won the last three years by Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin – after showing that the power of celebrity can produce positive results.
As you probably know, the Houston Texans’ defensive star started a fund for the victims of the flooding in Houston last week with a modest goal of $200,000.
He quickly reached that goal, got to $500,000 in 24 hours and kept and kept raising the goal. It’s now up to a whopping $14 million and counting at YouCaring.com/JJWatt.
One-fifth of that came from the Titans’ controlling owner, Amy Adams Strunk, who lives in Houston and donated $1 million. And new Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul gave $50,000, but many of the contributions were obviously much smaller. Over 50,000 people have contributed.
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When the contributors’ committee met last week to select a candidate to be voted on at the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame selection meeting next February, they were looking at a strong field.
It included Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former general managers Bobby Beathard and George Young and scouting pioneer Gil Brandt of the Dallas Cowboys.
They could have easily just picked a name out of a hat.
Since there aren’t a lot of other slam-dunk contributor candidates at the moment, all four figure to be selected in the next three years.
There will be two nominated in 2019, then one a year after that.
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In his five years as an owner, Shad Khan has transformed the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise off the field.
He updated the stadium with a lot of bells and whistles, including the world’s largest video boards and two swimming pools. He also built the Daily’s Place concert venue and has boosted the team’s revenue by playing a game in London every year.
Most of all, Khan ended all the talk about the Jaguars moving.
Off the field, though, Khan has yet to find a winning formula and has had five straight losing seasons.
He hired Dave Caldwell as the general manager in 2013 after firing Gene Smith, and Caldwell came in with the idea of starting over and even getting rid of players like Daryl Smith (who could still play). Oh, and not spending big on free agency in the first year or two.
Continue reading “Like his Trump endorsement, Khan still making all the wrong on-field moves”
Judging quarterbacks is one of the toughest jobs in sports.
It’s so difficult that even John Elway can’t seem to get the hang of it.
A first-ballot Hall of Famer who took the Broncos to five Super Bowls and won the last two, Elway would seem to know a good quarterback when he sees one.
The evidence, though, is that the Denver Broncos boss makes just as many mistakes as scouts who never played the position.
Just look at his record in trying to find a quarterback to replace Peyton Manning.
Continue reading “Elway was a great QB but stinks at scouting them”